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I'm all over this show. 5 stars all the way.
Set 1 just exudes more of that rock-solid confidence, if not Cornell sublimity; the back tier of the set, from LL until the end of MNS - is awesomely dialed in.
Set 2's suite is a masterwork - Estimated > Eyes > Drums > Other One > Stella > A&A. Every tune has something unique and beautiful about it, particularly that colossal Other One and the fragile, downright *virginal* Stella - don't forget about that Brokedown encore, either!
Subject: i say no on the Deal opener
I attended a show 10/25/85 when Deal was the opener although nowhere close to this Deal. this is a solid May 77 fare but not epic or even close really but I sure love this version of Jack-A-Roe. the Eyes here is pretty tasty too and the High Time is one for the ages. Good solid show but in a month made of classics gotta go with a 4
Subject: Great show!!
Well this show is epic!!! It really splits my hairs that this show is taped over another or the download is faulty because between songs you can hear different music in the white noise. Sad --- The show still kills
Subject: "this day in history"
i've been hitting "this day in history" for quit a while now, its a great way to systematically stock your library, and has given me more insight into the tours and apparent cycles. the boys really hit the road hard in spring, maybe with renewed energy and excitement, anyway it seems to me that the sweet months are april and may, but then again, like we all know the band could pull a rabbit outta their hat any time and weave that special magic that make them who they are. i can't say anything more about the honey dripping from these legendary shows, bc i wasnt there and all this touches us individually on intimate planes that mold, shape and change us, but i can say something about the recording and transfer. first of all its a "Mr. Charlie" that commands that you have to lend an ear, but this is just studio quality, for that i give it five stars. i am sure it didn't need an engineer to clean it up when they packaged and released it in the new box set, at least they got it right finally and put out the whole shows and didnt chop them up....so these boards are probably coming down soon, although i have noticed some commercial releases have remained posted, with that said, stream now.
to all the heads that attended a show, when you download one, please leave a comment in the reviews, so many were there but not that many leave a testimony to their road trips, tells us what happened that day, its always great to hear the stories. regrettably, almost no one under the age of 35 has ever seen the dead, so please add a little of your own color to the fabric here on the archive....time to donate!
the estimated>eyes is so damn groovy
tight show overall, like most shows in this era of the dead
chris phillips -
Subject: On Par
This whole concert is very good also. Hard to believe considering the shows around it. They sound tight straight through. Supplication, High Time, Eyes Of Th World and The Other One are excellent. There are not many superb Other One's post '73, so this is another testament to how well Grateful Dead performed in the spring of 1977.
Subject: Massive Other One
One of the best '77 versions. Sweet Eyes and Stella too...a very good second set.
Dylan M -
Subject: Classic Performance, Top of May 77
This show has always had me come back for a listen. Whether the reggae-twanged early version of Jack A Roe, the soulful High Time, that bumpity Mexicali with Jerry philling in for Phil's backup vocals, or that intro jam into Eyes, this show is noteworthy for many reasons.
To add my two cents to whatever was being argued or debated about Donna and Ketih's contributions verses Brent era stuff, I really think its futile to try say that either era was "better or worse".
There are many gems hidden throughout the 80s that many 70s lovers would have dismissed and not listened to. 85', 87', 89', and 90' are all peak years and feature undeniably strong performances. But anybody who says that the Brent band was better than the Keith and Donna band is smoking too much DMT. It's just not a worthy tit-for-tat. The band was younger, more ambitious, and playing longer, more drawn-out jams in the 70s.
If you don't like Donna's off-key vocals, then there is an argument to be made about how every member of the Dead really actually sucks at singing (none of them have traditional on-key vocals). And Keith did go downhill no-doubt (some shows from this month even display sloppy fills on his part) but listening to his contributions throughout the 70s, and the fact that Jerry had him as part of his band, show that they were integral to the scene, and not to be undermined.
I almost like Keith's often submissive approach to playing, because it allows Garcia, Lesh, and drummers to play more furiously, and as for "From the Heart of Me", I think we all deserved a bathroom break at some point, same goes for "I Will Take You Home". Snoooze.
Subject: stuck up heads...
this show is amazing and it is saddening to me that people feel so all dead powerful that they can say "donna sounds garbage and the band is out of sync, sorry but i call it like it is" and feel like that is that, anyone who saw a dead show cant be that stuck up, can they?
great recording amazing sound, dick picked the night before, listened to that show to many times and am very happy to happy to find this
Subject: Superb Estimated>Eyes
Everyone has a favorite and this one is mine. In my opinion there isnt one misplaced note, not one lyric flub and the band plays together with a wonderful intense chemistry. The transition is smooth and effortless. This one is the best I have ever heard and my next favorite is 6-8-1977. The show is a 5 star as most of the May run is....the music played the band and the band kept playing on!!!
Subject: Only Time Opening With Deal?
Not sure how to search for that, but I think so.
Great CM sound, what else could you want?
My favorite Eyes, along with 3/29/90. Not too fast. Not too thin. Just exactly PERFECT. Jerry floats like a butterfly through the first 5 minutes. 9/3/77 and 11/5/77 do not hold a candle to this one. Check it out...
Subject: Before You Get Onboard, Sir....
Is it possible to get an audio hard-on ?
Yeah, I think it might be. :-)
Recordings of this quality spoil you for everything else.
Thank you, Charlie. (And thanks for rattling the dust off the top of my sub woofer as well ! ) ;-)
Subject: Pure ear candy
Such a phenomenal show, I love all of April-May '77 like most of you and this is a personal favorite. This show has 2 of the all-time great versions of Stella and High Time for sure. I mean you got hot versions of MNS, Deal, Estimated>Eyes and the last sequence revolving around TOO is amazing. Whenever they played certain songs in '77 that were rare (TOO, PITB) they always played it with that extra oomph.
And also I know what you guys are saying - I'm a huge Keith fan (not so much Donna) and the 70's are definitely their best decade, but I actually love at least a few shows every year, up until 1994 at least. Honestly I don't think these guys were ever weak at all. Certain times they were more on-point but literally every show I've ever heard, even the ones that overall weren't that great, still had at least one special moment.
Subject: well said adks
You expressed in your words what i have always thought. This is a great show. I could never warm up to the sound of Brent's keyboard
Subject: Another rebuttal
I just had to chime in on the review regarding 80s dead vs. this show. While there are good shows from the 80s, especially 1980-1982, I just don't see how that period can even be compared to this stuff.
Brent was definitely a talented player and singer but frankly the setlists suffered shortly after he joined the band and a couple years into the 80s Jerry went downhill (some combination of substance abuse and enjoying JGB more than the Dead I would guess). Add the presence of Drums/Space in every show instead of good songs and they lost me for sure. I always find myself skipping though shows after 1981 to find the "good stuff" while 70s shows I listen to all the way through.
I know there's an element of to each his own but you have to recognize that the furious pace of some early 80s shows was a result of cocaine and often times they were playing way too fast on some songs..so much so that they lost some of the feeling and Jerry 's throat was so numb he couldn't even sing a lot of the time.
This show is classic, tight, excellent Grateful Dead. I generally prefer 1972-1975 but there is no doubting that the band was in a peak in 1977 and some of the shows are just unreal...including this one.
Subject: Ultimate Stella
Just an unbelievable Stella Blue. I loooooove how slow it is that allows Jerry to really dig in. Okay, the final notes aren't there as they're ready to transition into A&A but still this has to be a top 5 performance of this song. Just beautiful. RIP Jerry
Subject: 2:30 into deal
up till 2:30 in Deal phil bobby and keith are all but wholly missing from the mix. once they kick in, you'll twist in your seat. Its a spectacular little mess-up in the recording, really showing off what every member of this band brings to the table.
PS not a shabby show either :)
Subject: listening to the first set while
i'm getting ready for work, can't wait for the second set when i can partake of some kind buds this afternoon. my first show at the captial center was TOO>Stella. and I agree, it feels so good to feel 20 agian
Subject: drums i never see on review
During all Jerry jams it is wild bill K that goes right with Jerry on the rythym and the pace, Phil and Bobby will always come in at the perfect moment as the Dead had a way of intermind relay between each other, that is what makes the dead special in my mind, my 1st show was Providence in 73 or 74, the police ask me to leave when they found a brandy bottle in my flannel shirt pocket, left the bag of herb though, who would thunk it, saw scattered shows in 70's william and mary college is a fond remembrance then saw every show within 5 hours of dc in the 80-88 range, the dead were so awesome at knowing what each was playing and thinking, the band beyond desription, Jehohovah's favotoite choir, thanks to Charlie Miller, I only listen and dl his remasters, wonderful Thanks
Subject: gotta luv the internet
how great is the internet, i can surf willy nilly and come across music like this, this show is great, content-wise and sound-wise, god bless everyone who made this happen, where i can listen to this stuff
Subject: March 15 Review Rebuttal
Besides disagreeing with the whole view that Brent brought more to the band than Keith and Donna, I find it most interesting that so many of us think the 1977 period was when the Dead were at their best. Certainly, a good argument can be made that other periods were better, and I fully respect that position. From my perspective, both musicians offered an important complementary role to the vocals, Jerry's guitar and the rhythm section of the band. Logically, they had to have if you focus in on how good the Dead were throughout the entire time these two were in the band. I saw some great show in the 1980's but, without a doubt, the concerts I went to in the 70's were the best. I've said this before on these pages.....Donna added something to many of the tunes Jerry and Bob sung. That female voice, when it was calm and softly sitting in the background, was an important element of what was going on throughout the bands prime years.
Subject: Longest Stella ever?
Eyes through Stella is pure gold. Jerry is on a mission. A stand-out, middle-of-the-second-set jam from an overlooked show during month of stand-out shows.
I really can't say enough about the Stella Blue from this show. The transition from the Other One and the excruciatingly slow and luscious pace make this 15+ minute Stella an all-timer.
Very nice. Great sound quality as you would expect from a Charlie remaster. It is thin on bass for those of you who have wimpy stereos like I do.
Can someone please tell me how to download this show please
Alex, Geddy, Neil, Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Brent, Mickey, Billy -
Subject: having a hard time buying into the hype
5 stars to the tapers and Charlie for an excellent job.
i love the bass tone and the overall brightness of their sound during this period... having grown up on 80s GD though, the tempo just seems so sluggish to me; Keith is on autopilot most of these jams and Donna is just awful, very rarely singing in pitch -- if the band is on top of its game it is despite of keith & donna. (sorry for the harsh assessment but my ears don't deceive me.)
guess you had to be there?
really trying to branch out beyond Brent but w/ very few exceptions the rest of it doesn't really ever measure up.
what's a good starting point?
wish there was a way to zero out Donna's sucky vocals, lame.
does anybody honestly think she was a value-add at any time in this band?
i think "from the heart of me" and "france" might be as much as i can stomach from her; "passenger" backups perhaps.
Subject: The eyes have it
What a wonderful Eyes! I have been listening to it several times over sitting here in my office grading papers. I have no idea what I would to without the Dead Archive each day. Thanks so much!
Subject: At the top of their game
An excellent offering from the spring of 1977, a period when the band was in sublime form. The highlight to me was the exquisite 10 minute jam out of Estimated that segues into a joyful Eyes intro jam, which clocks 5 minutes even before Jerry sings the first verse. The recording: crisp and effervescent. The band took off at he end of 1974, and came back leaner with a faster tempo and less of the jazzy feel of 1974, yet they never forgot what they were great at.
Thanks Dead, thanks Carlie Miller, thanks Archive!!
Ballison Drake -
Subject: Thanks again Mr. Charlie Miller
Hey! Check out the "Jack-a-Reggae".
Subject: Ah, to be 20 once again
A nice little '77 trip here. Thanks for the journey down memory lane.
Best Jack I've heard in recent memory. Great sounding Miller! Eyes is great as well, but still, none but Jack a-Sailor!
I'm giving 5 stars just for the "EYES", alone. This sound is super-crispy-CLEAN. Jerry just rips it up, as he usally does. I have heard some pretty good EYES jams and this one is definately in my top 10. THIS STUFF IS SICK!!!!!